Phase One - Vertical grip for the Phase One 645DF camera

by JamesNYCAugust 24. 2010 23:52
The Phase One V-Grip Air is designed for perfect integration with the Phase One 645DF camera. The V-Grip Air extends the familiar Phase One 645DF ergonomics, dramatically improving portrait shooting and handling. Advanced features include wireless flash trigger for 1/1600sec sync and USB connection port for easy firmware updates of the camera body.
See mor on the Phase One web site.

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A PORTRAIT OF AMERICA LEFT BEHIND II

by JamesNYCAugust 15. 2010 19:44
KickStarter is a site dedicated to funding artists and their projects and here a a very worth while project that we believe you should take a look at.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/438612862/a-portrait-of-america-left-behind-ii

Brandon Schulman has been taking pictures since his childhood, making prints in his fathers B&W darkroom before he could even read. Upon Graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara with honors he moved to NYC to start his commercial career. Brandon has traveled to 13 countries over the past 9 years; constantly drawn to new environments and cultures. Roughly three years ago Brandon realized that he was forgetting about something very important, his own country! Since then, he has set out at least every year for a two week project photographing a few states at a time. Brandon predominately shoots with his Linhof Master Technika (4x5 camera) and prints every print by hand in his own Color Darkroom in Brooklyn, New York.

This is my third big trip (second Kickstarter project) for my ongoing series titled: “A Portrait of America Left Behind”.
You are directly contributing to this body of work! Any image that you find in this gallery for the link below taken in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada are because of people like you!

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"Boys in the desert with guns" our interview with photographer David Harry Stewart

by JamesNYCAugust 8. 2010 22:38
Recently we interviewed lifestyle and advertising photographer David Harry Stewart.

Davids Bio:
David comes from a small town in western New York. He started taking pictures at the age of 8, first with a plastic Kodak 126, then a Polaroid Swinger.
He did his first national ad campaign at age 23, then moved on to Paris to work for fashion magazines. Returning to New York he has a successful and award winning career, working for magazines like Interview, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, New York Magazine, Time and The New York Times Magazine. Agency work includes Saatchi, Deutsch, BBDO, Leo Burnett, and Ogilivy, for clients such as American Express, Nike, Coke, Corona and Bank of America. Awards include Communication Arts, The Art Directors Club, Photo District News, The Living Photograph Motion Awards, and American Photography.
He splits his time between Los Angeles and New York.
In this installment David talks about his recent video 'Asia Mon Amour' , Changes in his work since moving to La. and how these changes relate to changes in the photo industry.

In this installment James askes David about a past job they worked on together for Marlboro Japan, as well as the 'Boys in the desert with guns' images shot in Moab Utah.

David talks about job budgets, his portraits, getting to know your subject, and the dance of motion capture.

James asks David what compels him to shoot, and comments on the photographers commitment to his images and his client.

David's thoughts on photo assistants, digital techs, & new photographers making the transition to shooting & the level of commitment needed. His early influences & current photographers he finds interesting.

James asks David what he would like to be known for, about teaching, info on his blog, the special projects on his site: Olympic divers and rescue dogs. And thoughts on Photo consultants.

David talks about the business of photography, model releases, property releases, copyright. Motion capture work, the equipment he's using; & the importance of hiring qualified photo assistants & digital techs.

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5 Questions for a Hollywood Director:

by JamesNYCJuly 29. 2010 09:08
Our friend David Harry Stewart posted a great article on his site

5 Questions for a Hollywood Director:

David Tausik has worked in Hollywood for over 20 years as a director, producer and writer. He started his career working under Roger Corman. He is now preparing a feature he wrote and will be directing, to be set in Cuba

You can check it out here

The cycle begins again and the photo history repeats itself.

by JamesNYCJuly 10. 2010 21:48

I saw this link on a twitter post and thought I would share it.

It seems every 15 years the photo industry retreads the stuff we used to do and call it new.
this is a perfect example of what we did in studio 20 years ago.
And we did it before computers.

Back then,...in the olden dayz,.. like 18-20 years ago,... photographers called it "Photo Illustartion"
In fact some photographers whole business and marketing plan was based on their photo inllustartion and nothing else. Suffice it to say that they did not last long and the smart ones rebuilt their business model and managed to stay in business. Others were stubborn and not so lucky. (Names witheld to protect those now out of business)

Some of you, older than 20, may recall when Chip Simons began his career and was one of the first to introduce the concept of light painting for editorial and commercial photography. This was around 1990 or 1991? I can't recall exactly. Those interested in photo history can dig up an old copy of PDN to see the article they did on him.
Next came Aaron Jones and his invention: the 'Hosemaster' which was an interesteing marketing gimmick along with the instructional videos that so many ran to invest in. kinda like those guys you see buying up all of the latest crap at the Photo Plus Expo that will help them become "Pro Photographers".
Even earlier Man Ray Pablo Picasso was photographed in 1949 doing a quick sketch in the air.

SO why did this trend never last?
Because it is time consuming, labor intensive, and th eresults can not be duplicated exactly every time.
As we know clients want it yesretday, they want dozens of shots a day, and they want it cheap. Light painting, when done properly ain't cheap. Shooting digitaly certainly speeds things up but even so your still looking at long time exposures and if your using strobe your doing multi-pops of the stobe. Amazing results but not something for those not tech savvy.
We also as in the Youtube video used non-standard forms of strobes and lighting. ("And I'd be happy to sell you that information.")

For any photo school students I would suggest spending a weekend playing around like this. It will teach you invaluable lessons in lighting and exposure.

I should also add one more thing, anyone can do this type of photography. Very few can do it very well.

FolLow up on NYC Film petition.

by JamesNYCJune 13. 2010 08:15
We did it! Just in case you haven't already heard, the Petition to Save Street Photography in New York City was a huge success! So many people stood up for our collective rights and said "No way", the MOFTB Permit Office had to drop it! If you signed the Petition, wrote letters to the MOFTB or just simply forwarded the email, 'Thank you' for helping to raise awareness! Democracy in action can be such a beautiful thing!!!!

"Power to the [Photo] People"! Hope that you're doing well, having fun and keeping cool.

received via email.

Just as I'v always said, "Just say no!"

Hasselblad releases Phocus V.2.5 for Mac

by JamesNYCMay 20. 2010 08:37

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PocketWizard Announces MultiMAX Firmware Upgrade 7.5 for USB-enabled MultiMAX radios

by JamesNYCApril 22. 2010 22:03
Elmsford, NY – April 22, 2010PocketWizard today launched a major firmware upgrade for USB -enabled MultiMAX Transceivers. Firmware Version 7.5 for both FCC and CE MultiMAX radios is packed with new features and capabilities for serious pro shooters including Long Range Mode for remote camera triggering, Custom ID Move, Signal Strength Indicator and Radio Relay Mode. More...

3-day workshop with Vincent Laforet Introduction to HDDLSR Cinema

by JamesNYCApril 13. 2010 08:39
I can not say enough about this workshop, absolutly amazing, and its FREE on line. For anyone looking to get more information on useinga nd shooting HDDLR's this Vincent Laforet has put together a 1 of a kind event along with Chase Garvis and CreativeLive.com If you can't make time to see this live streaming event they will be offering a DVD version inteh future. But I hada the chance to watch the rerun late last night and can't say enough about it. check it out here. Event: creativeLIVE Weekend Workshop: Vincent Laforet Date: Friday, Saturday, Sunday April 30 - May 02, 2010. Times: Daily, 9am - 6pm P.S.T (See in Your Timezone) LIVE Video Feed: creativelive.com/live Your 3-day workshop with Vincent Laforet starts today! Vincent's 3-Day Introduction to HDDLSR Cinema is a special event for photographers making the leap into video. You will come away from this online workshop with a good understanding of what tools you need for your productions, and when and how to best use them. How to Watch and Participate in the LIVE Event: This workshop is streamed as a live video feed for as many people as we can reach. Use these links to watch and participate in today's workshop: Live Video Feed: creativelive.com/live Lowres Video Feed: creativelive.com/live/lowres.html Online Chat: creativelive.com/chat IMPORTANT Note About Prepurchased Videos: If you have prepurchased the course downloads, we will send you a download link later. Because the live event has not happened yet, there is nothing to download. We will send you links to the video download pages as videos become available. Video production take time. We hope to have rough videos available within 24 hours of each day's live events. The 3-Day Course Schedule is posted! Day 1, Friday: 1 - Introduction, Still Photos vs Video. 2 - HDDSLR Camera 3 - About Audio 4 - Into to the Gear Day 2, Saturday: 5 - Language of Cinematography 6 - Lights & Camera 7 - The Film Team 8 - Our First Shoot! Day 3, Sunday: 9 - Preproduction for Second Shoot 10 - Our Second Shoot! 11 - Workflow Issues 12 - Finishing Details Check the creativeLIVE calendar at http://creativelive.com/calendar for a breakdown of this 3 day broadcast in your local time zone. Vincent has posted a more detailed description of topics for this workshop on his blog. Follow creativeLIVE on Twitter for breaking news: A live event like this can change quickly. To stay in touch in case of problems or changes, follow @creativeLIVE on Twitter. Even if you don't use Twitter, you can check our Twitter page for updates as the weekend progresses: http://twitter.com/creativelive Note: If problems occur during the live feed, we'll post updates on our Twitter. Pass the Word! This type of live free event take a LOT of work to put on. The way you can help support this effort (and ensure more like it) is by spreading the word, and helping us attract as large an audience for Vincent as possible. We get a lot of our referrals from Twitter, and we'd appreciate your help spreading the word further. Post a Tweet about tomorrow's class: FREE Weekend Workshop: @VincentLaforet teaches dSLR Cinema in the @creativeLIVE classroom! Starts TODAY!- http://bit.ly/DSLRCinema

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Version 2.0.3 update available now.

by JamesNYCMarch 16. 2010 09:40
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Version 2.0.3 update available now

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&tabact=DownloadDetailTabAct&fcategoryid=314&modelid=17662 Firmware Version 2.0.3 incorporates five enhancements to the movie function and a fix to the manual sensor cleaning function of the EOS 5D Mark II camera. 1. Adds or changes the following movie frame rates NTSC: 1920x1080:30 fps (changed - actual 29.97fps) 1920x1080:24 fps (added - actual 23.976 fps) 640x480:30 fps (changed - actual 29.97fps) PAL: 1920x1080:25 fps (added - actual 25.0 fps) 1920x1080:24 fps (added - actual 23.976 fps) 640x480:25 fps (added - actual 25.0 fps) 2. Adds a function for manually adjusting the sound recording level (64 levels). 3. Adds a histogram display (brightness or RGB) for shooting movies in manual exposure. 4. Adds shutter-priority AE mode (Tv) and aperture-priority AE (Av) mode to the exposure modes for shooting movies. 5. Changes the audio sampling frequency from 44.1 KHz to 48 KHz. 6. Fixes a phenomenon where communication between the camera and the attached lens is sometimes interrupted after manual sensor cleaning. (This phenomenon only affects units with Firmware Version 1.2.4.) Firmware udate info http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eos5dmk2/firmware.html Offical download pagae http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eos5dmk2/download.html?submitButtonName=I+Agree Firmware download file for PC http://aux1.jp.canon.com/eosd/firm-e/eos5dmk2/data/eos5d2203.exe Firmware download file for MAC http://aux1.jp.canon.com/eosd/firm-e/eos5dmk2/data/eos5d2203.dmg

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